Questions tagged [public-key]

This tag should be used for questions regarding public keys. A public key is the public half of the public/private keypair. Anyone can use a public key check that a signature is correct, but they can't generate the signature themselves with the public key.

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What exactly happens when a new wallet is created?

I am asking for what is being created when there is a new wallet created. And the second part of my question is considering public key. Is the public key the same thing as the address? I read that ...
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Public key with 142 characters?

I've read that public keys that bitcoin uses have 130 characters (65 bytes), but on the page: http://blockexplorer.com/tx/7e9bf03454b9ff80974d39d02a8088154e60ee65726e239f70341366d1a1ccf7 I've found a ...
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How would we know the real Satoshi?

Should Satoshi decide to reveal his or her true identity, how can one know the person is the real creator of Bitcoin, rather than a person who hacked the forum login, email address or the like? In ...
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What is a compressed Bitcoin key?

The standard Bitcoin client in version 0.6 apparently introduces compressed keys. What are they? Are there any drawbacks to using them? Any incompatibilities with older software? Reductions in ...
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How are public & private keys in an address created?

I understand the high level concept I am more interested specific details. How is a private key generated. How exactly is public key generated, how is address generated from public key.

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